We’ve had a pretty warm, dry fall so far, and as we hit December, we’re all wondering: where is the snow?
In Colorado, we depend on cold season snow to water our trees, shrubs, and lawns. However, we don’t really get a consistent, even amount. Winter can be particularly hard on plants here because of our dry air, low soil moisture, low precipitation, and temperatures that fluctuate all over the place. People assume that the plants are asleep when they’re really in deep distress due to drought. Even worse, we’re seeing an increase in lawn mite activity. Lawn mites suck the moisture out of both the blades and roots of the grass, causing serious damage. If you don’t supplement your landscaping’s water, it can suffer permanent problems. In today’s blog, we want to talk about winter watering and how to handle it.
Of all your landscaping, your lawn is most susceptible to winter damage, especially if it is newly-established. Lawns facing south or west are at more risk than other lawns because of quicker snowmelt and possible mite activity. These areas should be the first ones you target when watering.
When you head out to water your lawn, the temperature should be above 40 degrees. Any lower and the watering won’t be effective. Unlike summer, you actually do want to water in the middle of the day. This gives the water time to soak into the lawn before the temperatures plummet at night. The last thing you want is a layer of ice on top of your lawn. If you start to notice an ice coating, stop watering until the blades of your grass are exposed again.
Keep reflected head in mind. If an area of your lawn gets hit by heat from a fence, wall, or building, it will be more vulnerable to damage. Because the sun’s angle is so low in winter, your west- and south-facing lawns are at risk again. Again, these conditions are prime for mites, which will simply undermine your lawn even further.
Watch for wind. Windy days are common in Colorado winters, and they can take an already-dry situation and make it worse. Wind dries out sod and plants faster, so if you think your lawn is doing okay but then we experience a windy day or two, it’s probably time to water. You need to ensure that your landscaping has the water it needs to get through winter and come back strong in spring.
We Are Here to Help
At Showcase Landscape and Irrigation, we are on a mission to keep your landscape looking great. We hope that these tips help keep you on-track for a beautiful lawn come spring. In the meantime, we are here to help with commercial snow removal when the snow comes in. Remember, winter is a great time to scheme about what might be possible when the weather turns warm. We offer landscape design and construction, and if you have your plans ready early, you can hit spring running! Contact us for landscaping services in Loveland today!